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Upcoming Programs & Events

 

1/25 Empower Hour: What It Means to be a Female Leader

January 25, 2021 

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. // Virtual Event

Registration OPEN

Presented by the Kendra Scott WEL Institute Alumnae Advisory Board (AAB). 

This event is for current UT students only. A UT student ID is required. Students of all gender identities are welcome.

Learn about what it means to be a female leader from Cindy Lo ’98, Founder & CEO of RED VELVET

Presenter: Cindy Lo ’98

When Cindy Lo started RED VELVET 18 years ago, she did so with the mission to Outplan, Outplay and Outparty! RED VELVET is a boutique creative events and experiences agency helping global brands ideate, design and execute their vision since 2002. During this pandemic, she has pivoted their team to own the virtual and hybrid world. Cindy is a recent author of Behind the Red Velvet Curtain. Connect with RED VELVET on all the major social media channels (@REDVELVETEVENTS) to see behind the scenes of what event life is like at RED VELVET. Cindy calls Austin, Texas home with her husband of 16 years, their 2 children and Darwin their French Bull Dog.

2/24 Diversity/Inclusion in Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

February 24, 2021 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Virtual Event

Registration OPEN

Powered by McCombs School of Business & Kendra Scott WEL Institute

The 2021 Diversity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship summit will provide UT students and the greater Austin community insight on ways entrepreneurs from underserved communities can successfully launch entrepreneurial ventures utilizing the support of the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Join the Herb Kelleher Entrepreneurship Center, John Brumley Texas Venture Labs, Social Innovation Initiative, the Entrepreneurship Minor, and the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute for this important and empowering evening.

Past Programs & Events

Women's Summit 2020 // Virtual Experience
The Kendra Scott WEL Institute presents Women's Summit

November 17, 2020 

Check out the Post-Summit Virtual Experience on our website here

This FREE event is a virtual celebration and conversation for courageous, creative female leaders looking to change the world. Hear from Austin entrepreneur and WEL Institute founder, Kendra Scott, and other powerful women as they offer their wisdom and guidance to this exclusive audience. Register now, and you’ll have access to mentor matching, curated content, exclusive giveaways, and more! 

Empower Hour: Finding Mentors in the Startup Space
November 30, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Presented by the Kendra Scott WEL Institute Alumnae Advisory Board (AAB). 

Join AAB as we share about the importance of finding mentors within the startup space. Surrounding yourself with people who will empower you and encourage you as a young professional can be crucial to growth. Learn more about how you can find key mentors as you launch your career.

Presenter: Sara Wadud ’18

Sara is the founder and CEO of tkoor, which is a start-up where you can rent and have access to designer South Asian clothing, while also empowering and helping women in the garments industry in South Asia. Sara graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014, as an Archer Fellow she lived and worked in Washington D.C. and worked for the Obama administration. In 2018 she graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs from UT Austin with a master’s in global policy studies with a focus on disenfranchised communities. Her career began in philanthropy and in the non-profit sector where she helped organizations grow and scale, and then she made the leap to start-ups.

Empower Hour: Tips for Picking a Team for your Next Startup
October 26, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by the Kendra Scott WEL Institute Alumnae Advisory Board (AAB). 

This event is for current UT students only. A UT student ID is required. Students of all gender identities are welcome.

Join AAB as we share about the importance of picking the right team. Specifically, we will explore some key things to consider when picking a team for your next startup and how having the right team in the work place can help contribute to your success. Our guest speaker, Dana Such, will provide her insight and expertise.

Presenter: Dana Such ’07

Dana Such has over a decade of focused experience in audience development across media, e-commerce and nonprofit sectors—from legacy brands to growth-stage startups. Her career began at Texas Monthly and includes roles as Vice President of membership and marketing, reporting to CEOs and managing multi-million dollar budgets.

Dana founded Squeezed Consulting to help businesses and nonprofits squeeze the most out of their marketing operations to effectively grow their audiences and revenue. Squeezed Consulting specializes in strategic audience development across four pillars: acquisition, engagement, retention and monetization of quality consumer and donor bases to maximize organizations’ financial health and overall impact.

DWEN Virtual Summit – Powering Forward

October 15, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

The Kendra Scott WEL Institute is a proud supporter of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN).

Join DWEN online from anywhere to hear stories of resilience, inspiration, determination, and strength.  DWEN brings you keynote speakers including tennis powerhouse, Venus Williams, renowned fashion artist, Katie Rodgers, and the digital literacy pioneer, Kathryn Parsons.  This summit will leave you inspired, informed, and energized to Power Forward through your own journey. Attend breakout sessions and networking opportunities lead by thought leaders and experts in their fields to help you get to the solutions you need for your most pressing IT and business challenges. Get ready to share ideas with leaders, innovators, and other founders just like you. #DWEN #DellSmallBiz

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LaunchPad Startup Weekend Southwest: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

October 2-4, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Spend a weekend working on an idea, expanding opportunities, and building community with other female and non-binary LaunchPad students!

This virtual event is FREE and open to current UT students only. A UT student ID is required.
Students of all gender identities are welcome.

Are you a student in a Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars entrepreneurship program?

Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?

The Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

 In Partnership with Blackstone LaunchPad Powered by Techstars at UT Austin

Fundraising for Female Founders

September 30, 2020

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Workshop to empower female UT students and build confidence in their understanding of what it means to financially sustain a company. 

This event is for current UT students only. A UT student ID is required.

Students of all gender identities are welcome.

This virtual workshop by the Kendra Scott Women’s Leadership Institute and campus partner, Blackstone LaunchPad Powered by Techstars at UT Austin (The LaunchPad), will help students build confidence in their understanding of what it means to financially sustain a company with an emphasis on the female perspective.

By demystifying concepts such as venture capital, angel investor, bootstrapping, non-profit development, and crowdfunding, students will leave feeling better educated about startup finances and more confident in their exploration of entrepreneurship.

The workshop will feature two panels of investors and entrepreneurs (with female-focused brands) talking about fundraising basics as well as the nuances of what it means to fundraise as a woman. A community showcase will follow.

This event will be hosted on Hopin.

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In Partnership with Blackstone LaunchPad Powered by Techstars at UT Austin

Empower Hour: Case Interview Tips & Women in Consulting

September 28, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Presented by the Kendra Scott WEL Institute Alumnae Advisory Board (AAB). 

The AAB will walk participants through a sample case interview and share useful tips about navigating interviews from consulting firms. This is a great opportunity to hear from women in the consulting space and meet others interested in this career path.

Presenters:

Manjula Andukuri ’20

Manjula Andukuri ’20 is an Incoming Associate at BCG. Manjula graduated from UT with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cockrell in 2020. Majula is an incoming Associate with BCG and will be joining their Austin office. During her time at UT, she was involved with Genesis, Student Consulting Initiative, Texas Raas, and more.

Hannah Fawcett ’20 

Hannah ’20 is an Incoming Technology Advisory Consultant at Pwc. Hannah graduated from UT with a degree in Supply Chain Management from McCombs in 2020. She is an incoming technology advisory consultant with Pwc and enjoys eating lucky charms, traveling, and collecting Pokemon cards.

Cara Simon ’18

Cara Simon ’18 is a Senior Technology Analyst at Accenture. Cara graduated from UT with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 2018. She moved to Washington, DC, and began her career with Accenture in July 2018. Cara loves watching Netflix, reading, and doing spin classes (virtually now). She is currently living in Houston to spend time with family while working remotely.

Female Empowerment Through Mentorship
March 5, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. p.m. // First Floor, Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA)

This event is for current UT students only. A UT student ID is required.
Students of all gender identities are welcome.

The third workshop of the Kendra Scott Women’s Leadership Institute will educate students on the value of mentorship in their careers and lives and help them make meaningful connections with industry professionals.

The workshop will kick off with a fireside chat between Molly Joseph, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Global, and Tom Nolan, president of Kendra Scott. A “speed dating” session between students and industry mentors will follow.

This workshop is capped at 100 students. RSVP is required, and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Personal Branding for Female Entrepreneurs
October 24, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Kendra Scott Home Office

This event is for current UT students only. A UT student ID is required.
Students of all gender identities are welcome.

The Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute workshops are produced by the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT with support from the College of Fine Arts to further our shared mission of empowering all students — especially women — to recognize the leaders and entrepreneurs that lie within.

Our first workshop is on personal branding and how to effectively communicate your unique values, skills and strengths to position yourself as a leader in work and in life. Female mentors from Kendra Scott and Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network will be present to connect with students and talk about their career journeys and backgrounds. Representatives from UT career services teams will also be present.

There will be two speaker panels with accomplished female leaders and entrepreneurs to share their stories and insights on personal branding:

Panel One

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Kendra Scott, Designer, CEO & Philanthropist
Liz Matthews, Senior Vice President Global Brand and Experiential at Dell Technologies
Erin Condren, Founder of Erin Condren Design
Moderator: Cheryl Mills Knight, VP of Brand and Innovation at Kendra Scott

Panel Two

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Raeka Panda, Founder of Raeka Beauty
Evelyn from the Internets, Humor Writer & Digital Storyteller
Rochelle Rae, Founder of Rae Cosmetics
Moderator: Nina Ho, Assistant Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at UT

During the workshop, boost your personal brand by visiting a makeup booth and skincare station, pick up customized planners and calendars, and learn about social media strategies. Free headshots will be available for the first 75 attendees.

Due to venue capacity, entrance is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Creativity in Entrepreneurship
February 5, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. // The Foundry, Fine Arts Library, Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA)

This event is for current UT students only. A UT student ID is required.
Students of all gender identities are welcome.

The second workshop of the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute will equip students with ideation skills to support their entrepreneurial journeys.

In this hands-on design thinking workshop led by Jan Ryan, Executive Director of Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Fine Arts, Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies, and mentors from the Blackstone LaunchPad, Kendra Scott and Dell Technologies, will teach students to connect the dots between creativity and entrepreneurship.

Due to the nature of this hands-on workshop, participation is capped at 100 students.

 

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